An Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro is the "best-performing" Windows laptop? Yes, says a PC services company that has done "frustration analytics" on some of the best-selling PCs.
A main factor in this machine's metrics is the fact that every Windows installation on it is clean. With PC manufacturers loading so much crapware on new laptops, this is a bit of an unfair competition. But, on the other hand, PC makers should look at this data and aspire to ship PCs that perform just as well as a cleanly installed MacBook Pro.
The report went on to admit that it might be more fair to compare a cleanly installed MacBook Pro with a cleanly installed PC from Acer or Dell.
But there's method in Soluto's metrics: "We simply compared the real PCs in the field....We believe it's more representative of reality."
The metrics (see image at top) include crashes per week, hangs per week, Blue Screens (of Death) per week, and average boot time.
Soluto did list the disadvantages of running Windows on a Mac, including that it's more work to set up Windows on a Mac and there may be driver issues.
Acer's Aspire E1-571 came in second and Dell's received the third-highest ranking.